After a successful outing in the Carabao Cup it’s back to league action for The Cherries. Bournemouth comfortably dispatched of League 2 outfit MK Dons 3-0 on Tuesday evening with goals coming from Lys Mousset, Ryan Fraser & Jordon Ibe. With new signings Diego Rico & Jefferson Lerma both making impressive debuts.
However, it will be a much tougher test for Bournemouth this time around coming up against Chelsea who will be putting their 100% record on the line as they welcome the Dorset outfit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. The Cherries will be looking for a repeat of their last trip to this part of the capital after last seasons stunning 3-0 win which well and truly sent shock waves through the Premier League. Although, this time is likely to be a lot different with the Blues now under the guidance of the more attack minded Maurizio Sarri rather than Antonio Conte who adopted a significantly more defensive approach. There is also a much different feel around Stamford Bridge compared to the last time Bournemouth visited with new signings such as Mateo Kovacic & Jorginho adding to this.
Chelsea may have made an immaculate start to the season but there is no denying that Bournemouth have also had a rather successful start as well, two wins and a draw means there is nothing to frown about on the South Coast at the moment and after the encouraging performances of Jefferson Lerma & Diego Rico against MK Dons this will add to Bournemouth fans excitement at the moment. However, one slight issue was the performances of Dan Gosling & Andrew Surman against Everton. Both looked incredibly lacklustre and offered very little defensively and offensively with Cherries fans calling for Lewis Cook or Jefferson Lerma to start in one or both of their places for the trip to the capital on Saturday.
One to watch out for the opposition – Jorginho
The new Chelsea signing has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water. His controlling presence in the Blues midfield has been crucial to their impressive start to the season. Under manager Maurizio Sarri he had been a key component for his Napoli side for a couple of years and has a clear understanding of the ‘Sarriball’ approach.
Chelsea – The only absentee for The Blues is Cesc Fabregas who remains out with a knee injury. Likely to be unchanged after three consecutive wins.
Likely line up – Kepa; Cesar Azpilicueta, Davis Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso; Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic; Willian, Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard
Bournemouth – Junior Stanislas remains the only long-term absentee but should be back in training during the forthcoming international break. It still remains unknown as to what part new signings Jefferson Lerma & Diego Rico will play at Stamford Bridge. It is likely though that Lewis Cook will come back into the starting eleven after the impact he had after coming on against Everton.
Likely Line up – Asmir Begovic; Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Charlie Daniels; David Brooks, Dan Gosling, Lewis Cook, Ryan Fraser; Callum Wilson, Josh King
Score Prediction – Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth
Despite recent successes at Stamford Bridge and a good start to the season. This time around Chelsea are likely to have too much for the Cherries.